Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.

Nokia 6
  • Nokia 6
  • Nokia 6
  • Nokia 6
  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5

Pros

  • Android One software
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Lackluster camera
  • Large bezels

Bottom Line

This handset is a double-down by HMD on everything that worked in the 2017 model combined with a number of key improvements.

Would you buy this?

Performance

On a technical level, the new Nokia 6 is a neat and tidy improvement on its predecessor. In terms of the everyday performance we got out of the thing, we rarely came away unhappy with it outside of the issues we had with the camera (again, more on that to come). Apps loaded fast and we could multitask with relative ease, despite the small-ish screen size.

In terms of benchmarks, the Nokia 6 fared quite well also.

At a glance, you might notice that the device we’ve compared it to below edge out the Nokia 6’s scores almost entirely across the board. However, when you bring the fact that the Nokia 6 comes in about $150 cheaper than the most-affordable of them (The Xperia XA2) into the equation, that picture begins to look a little different. Comparing the Nokia 6 to devices that operate in the same price-bracket as it, and the value of the performance you’re getting becomes easy to see.

This case is further strengthened by HMD’s decision to the keep the Android experience as pure as possible. Like the recent HTC U11, the new Nokia 6 is part of the Google’s Android One program. Launched in 2014, Android One was an initiative by Google to take a bit more care and control over the experience offered by vendors producing mid-tier and bottom-end Android handsets. As part of the program, hardware vendors would agree to guarantee regular security, regular Android OS updates, base the out-of-box experience around just the core Android interface and Google’s own apps and only use hardware approved by Google.

All this is to say, that the software experience powering the new Nokia 6 is probably one of the best Android experiences out there this side of the Google Pixel.

Update 5/11/2018: The Nokia 6.1 has now been upgraded to Android 9 (aka Android Pie) and supports slices, simplified gesture controls and Google's Digital Wellbeing app.

Next Page: Camera, Battery Life, The Bottom Line

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Read more on these topics: Nokia, Nokia 6
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?